The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Anders Roslund dominates the bestseller lists in Sweden this week, coming in at No. 1 on both the audio and e-book list with Sweet Dreams, which is also No. 5 in hardcover. The novel’s prequel, Knock Knock, is No. 3 on the paperback list, where Roslund is joined also by Simona Arhnstedt. Ahrnstedt’s just published paperback edition of Just a Bit More is No. 6 on the list.

Teaser of the most anticipated Norwegian TV show of 2021

The June bestseller list for children’s fiction in Norway

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes once more make an appearance at No. 1 on the monthly bestseller list for children’s books in Norway. This time it is their most recent The Search for the Last Dinosaur, an activity book in the Detective Agency No. 2 series, that grabs the top spot. Operation Trickster appears on the list as well, coming in at No. 6.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

The sixth activity book in Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Detective Agency No. 2 series, The Search for the Last Dinosaur, stays firmly put at No. 1 on the weekly bestseller list for hardcovers in Norway. The paperback bestseller list sees more movement as Stefan Ahnhem’s X Ways to Die shoots to No. 3. Right after it comes Jørn Lier Horst’s The Inner Darkness at No. 4, and Jo Nesbø’s Knife at No. 5.

Rolf-Magne Golten Andersen attached to Evil Doghouse Studios project

Evil Doghouse Studios has secured the rights to the popular Norwegian book series about eco-terrorist Rino Gulliksen, written by author Lars Lenth. Norwegian director Geir Henning Hopland (Netflix’s Lilyhammer, Magnus) and screenwriter Rolf-Magne Golten Andersen (Magnus, Cabin Life) are attached to the project, which is currently in development as a scripted series.

‘Beatrice’ published in Sweden

Detective Charlie Lager is struggling with her personal demons when she is called to Karlstad, where a nine-month-old girl has gone missing. The parents are in a state of shock and media is in a frenzy. As promising leads end up going nowhere, Charlie begins to feel like no one actually wants to speak the truth about the missing baby, Beatrice. With each passing hour, the chance of finding the infant alive becomes less likely and Charlie is forced to push herself to the limits.

Beatrice is a story about broken souls, betrayals and cut family ties – the most breathtaking and thrilling work of award-winner Lina Bengtsdotter to date.

‘Marcella’ season 3 on Netflix

The crime drama Marcella has been lauded for its gripping narrative, multi-layered characters, engrossing subplots, and shocking twists. Created by Swedish screenwriter Hans Rosenfeldt, the show has generated two successful seasons and is now back on Netflix with season 3.

The series stars Anna Friel as Marcella, a police detective who suffers violent blackouts as a result of her dissociative identity disorder, but that doesn’t stop her from going up against some truly twisted killers. Season three will see Marcella operating in Belfast as an undercover detective. She has taken on a new identity, under the name of Keira, and has managed to infiltrate the infamous Maguire crime family. As Marcella investigates their activities, questions are raised about how much of her old self she has left behind. Will her past come back to haunt her once again?

‘The Emigrants’ to premiere in 2021

Last year it was revealed that there will be a remake of The Emigrants, the beloved Swedish period drama based on Vilhelm Moberg’s classic novel. It is now official that the shooting will begin in September, and the premiere has been set for Christmas Day, 2021.

The Emigrants will be directed by Erik Poppe and the screenplay written by Siv Rajendram Eliassen and Anne Bache-Wiig. Lisa Carlehed and Gustaf Skarsgård will portray Kristina and Karl-Oskar. Also among the cast are Sofia Helin and Liv Ullmann.

‘Unhinged’ published in Norway

Investigator Sofia Kovic has uncovered a connection between several murder cases and deaths in Oslo during the last year and a half. She tries to call her closest superior, Alexander Blix, not yet wanting to involve anyone else in the police. But before Blix has time to call her back, Kovic is shot and killed in her own home. It appears to be an outright execution. And in the apartment below, Blix’s daughter Iselin narrowly escapes the fate of becoming the killer’s next victim.

Four days later, Blix and crime journalist Emma Ramm are locked inside an interrogation room, seated across from The National Criminal Investigation Service. Blix has shot and killed a man, and Ramm saw it all happen. In the hospital, Iselin’s life hangs in the balance. Blix no longer knows who among his closest allies he can trust. Worse, he doesn’t know if Iselin will pull through. And not even Blix himself is certain that he killed the right man.

Unhinged is the third installment in Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s internationally bestselling Blix & Ramm series.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Anders Roslund makes multiple appearances on week 25’s official bestseller lists in Sweden. His just published Sweet Dreams went straight to No. 1 in audio, while its prequel Knock Knock is No. 6 in ebook, as well as No. 7 in paperback and No. 8 in audio.

‘Sweet Dreams’ published in Sweden

The two girls were only four years old when they went missing on the same day. Now, they rest forever in the same graveyard. Except neither the girl beneath the white wooden cross, nor the girl named Linnea, are in their coffins.

To understand how the two girls are connected, criminal detective Ewert Grens and infiltrator Piet Hoffman have to enter into the darkest of worlds and fight their toughest, dirtiest and most dangerous battle yet.

After the international bestseller Knock Knock comes Anders Roslund’s stand-alone sequel Sweet Dreams – a breathtaking thriller where the difference between life and death is three years.

‘Partisan’ to premiere on Viaplay in August

The Swedish five-part drama Partisan will premiere on August 16th on the streaming service Viaplay. In the title roles we see Johan Rheborg and Chernobyl and Westworld star Fares Fares, who also serves as creative producer on the show.

In Partisan, Johnny (Fares Fares) finds himself in Jordnära, a secluded Swedish village home to an idyllic community – at least on the surface. He befriends Nicole and Maria, two teenage foster children. During the summer, Johnny gets more and more involved in the girls’ situation and finds his focus straying from his main mission. But who is he really, and what is his agenda?

Partisan is directed by Amir Chamdin and produced by Johanna Wennerberg for Warner Bros. Hans Jörnlind, Anna Platt, Fares Fares and Amir Chamdin are among the series’ writers.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ The Search for the Last Dinosaur is No. 1 also this week on the official weekly bestseller list for hardcovers in Norway. Jo Nesbø’s Knife meanwhile comes in at No. 3 on the paperback list, followed by Jørn Lier Horst’s The Inner Darkness at No. 4, and Stefan Ahnhem’s just published X Ways to Die at No. 10. Stina Jackson’s The Last Snow is No. 10 on the e-book list, while Hedvig Montgomery’s The Adolescent Years is No. 10 in nonfiction.

‘Beartown’ premieres this fall across HBO Europe

The highly anticipated series Beartown will premiere across all of HBO Europe during the fall of 2020. The five-part Swedish drama is based on the bestselling novel of the same name, written by internationally acclaimed author Fredrik Backman, who also serves as executive producer of the show.

The small town Beartown is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees surrounding it. The local hero and former hockey star Peter comes home to Beartown to build the junior team and secure the town’s future. Carrying the entire town’s hopes on their shoulders is a heavy burden for Beartown’s boys. When the team’s young star is accused of a horrible act, it leaves the town in chaos, leaving no resident unaffected.

Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, the courage it takes for an individual to go against the group and the consequences of how we raise our children.

The series is directed by Peter Grönlund, and written by Anders Weidemann, Antonia Pyk and Linn Gottfridsson. Filmlance, part of Endemol Shine Group, is producing. Starring in leading roles are Ulf Stenberg, Aliette Opheim, Tobias Zilliacus, Miriam Benthe and Oliver Dufaker. Executive producers are also Tor Jonasson and Sophie Smirnakos.

‘The Wolf and the Watchman’ finalist for Prix Nouvelles Voix du Polar in France

Niklas Natt och Dag's debut novel The Wolf and the Watchman is one of two finalist titles vying for the coveted crime fiction award Prix Nouvelles Voix du Polar in France, in the category of translated fiction. It's now up to the readers to vote for the ultimate winner before the end of July. The winner will be announced in September.

‘22 July’ wins Golden Screen Award for Best TV Drama

Sara Johnsen and Pål Sletaune’s lauded TV series 22 July was awarded the prestigious prize for ‘Best TV Drama’ at this year’s Golden Screen Awards. Johnsen and Sletaune also won in the categories ‘Best Script’ and ‘Best Director’ respectively.

Earlier this year, Sara Johnsen won the Nordic TV Drama Screenplay Award as the writer of 22 July.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ The Search for the Last Dinosaur climbs the official weekly bestseller list for hardcovers in Norway, claiming the No. 1 spot. Jo Nesbø’s Knife meanwhile stays put at No. 2 on the paperback list, followed by Jørn Lier Horst’s The Inner Darkness at No. 4. Stina Jackson’s recently published The Last Snow meanwhile jumps to No. 5 on the e-book list. Hedvig Montgomery’s long-running bestseller The Adolescent Years is No. 7 in nonfiction.

Ben Stiller, Oscar Isaac and Eric Roth to team up for Jo Nesbo film adaption of ‘London’

The adaptation rights to a short story that Jo has written, a high-concept thriller called London, has been acquired by Lionsgate, to make it into a motion picture with Ben Stiller (Escape at Dannemora) attached to direct. The screenplay is written by five-time Academy Award nominee Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Insider) and Oscar Isaac (Show Me a Hero, Inside Llewyn Davis, Star Wars) will produce and star. Jo Nesbø and Niclas Salomonsson will executive produce.

Click “Read more” below to read more in Deadline.

Read more
Photo: Johan Bergmark/Netflix

Netflix original series ‘Easy Money’ now filming

The shooting of Easy Money, the Swedish Netflix original series, is underway in Stockholm. The show is a reboot of the hugely successful trilogy of feature films based on the Stockholm Noir books by Jens Lapidus. The series will take place ten years after the events of the feature film Easy Money - Life Deluxe (2013), and will follow Leya, a young single mom trying to make it within the startup scene and becomes entangled in the criminal world.

Jesper Ganslandt is directing, with Nicklas Wikström Nicastro producing for SF Studios. The series is written and created by Oskar Söderlund together with Jens Lapidus, who’s also serving as the executive producer. Among the show's episode writers we find Mona Masri.

Evin Ahmad, known from the feature film Dröm Vidare (2017) and the two Netflix series Quicksand (2019) and The Rain season 2 (2019), is playing the lead. The cast also includes Alexander Abdallah, Ali Alarik, Olle Sarri and Dada Fungula Bozela as well as Jozef Wojciechowicz (Z.E).

Easy Money will premiere on Netflix in 2021.